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Summits bring together regional leaders and experts for informative panel discussions, presentations and educational forums.

Support for the Rising Tide Series comes from: Community Foundation of Eastern CT, Bodenwein Public Benevolent Foundation, and CT Office of the Arts.


In 2018, the Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition and the Community Foundation of Eastern CT,  partnered to present two Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Workshops facilitated by Jamal Jimerson of Minority Inclusion Project.  Information and Resources located HERE.

“Arts & Health InterSECT” – Creating Health and Wellness Through the Arts in Southeastern CT
Friday, February 2, 2018 at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center
co-hosted by six of the SECT Cultural Coalition’s Arts in Health Roundtable members (see organization information below)

Judy Dworin Performance Project photo

Judy Dworin Performance Project: Trinity College – Fall Dance – November 30, 2017. Photo by John Atashian


Keynote:  Judy Dworin, Judy Dworin Performance Project, Inc.,  Founder, Executive & Artistic Director (bio below)
Link to the 30 min. CPTV Documentary “Making Me Whole. Prison, Art & Healing”

Collaborating for Impact – Presentations featuring local organizations:

Keynote Biography:

Judy Dworin, Judy Dworin Performance Project, Inc., Founder, Executive & Artistic Director

Judy Dworin founded the Judy Dworin Performance Project, Inc. (JDPP) in 1989 based on a commitment to the important role the arts can and do play in challenging and creating change – personal, educational, and global.

The professional Ensemble, now in its twenty-seventh year, produces original dance/theater performance works for the stage that explore social justice issues through inventive juxtapositions of movement, visual elements, text and song.

In addition to her work as JDPP’s Executive Director, Artistic Director to the Ensemble, and co-architect of the Moving Matters! Educational Residency Program, Judy conceived and directs the Bridging Boundaries outreach program for those affected by incarceration. This includes a 12-year performance residency at York Correctional Institution for women in Niantic, CT, Moms and Kids outreach and weekend arts engagement program, and recent expansion to serve men at the Cybulski Reintegration Center in Enfield, CT. She also leads an in-school program for youth with parents in prison and an arts outreach with Trinity College students and women reentering the community from prison.

Judy has taught residencies internationally as well as throughout New England. She is on the Teaching Roster for the State of Connecticut and is the recipient of many awards, most recently honored by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame. She contributed a chapter to the book, “Performing New Lives: Prison Theatre” that discusses her work with the incarcerated and their families. She is presently a Professor Emerita in Theater and Dance at Trinity College, where she established the Dance Program, co-founded the Trinity/La MaMa Performing Arts Semester in New York City, and chaired the Department of Theater and Dance for many years.

Co-Host Information:

Artreach, Inc.
401 W. Thames St., Unit 702, Norwich
Artreach provides creative and performing arts opportunities to support sustainable mental health recovery, and educates the public to reduce mental health stigma.  Programs in theater, music, visual arts, wellness and recreation enhance the quality of life for our members. Artreach creates positive social change in the community through performances that initiate thought-provoking conversations.

Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut, Inc.
Many office and school based locations throughout Southeastern CT, in addition to home based work
With the mission to promote the well-being and development of all children and their families, CFA’s programs support children’s mental health, children’s physical healthcare, the prevention of child abuse, the treatment of family violence, teen pregnancy, parent education, child guidance, and childcare.  Many of the programs utilize different modes of the arts and artistic expression in order to support clients in their progress.

Horses Healing Humans
340 New London Tpke., Stonington
Horses Healing Humans exists to enrich the lives of people with special challenges through Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies.  Arts-based programs for children, teens, adults, and veterans include Visual Arts Therapy, Equine Art, Music Engagement and Therapy, Movement-based Creative Expression, and Expressive Writing.

Reliance Health, Inc.
Art Gallery:  40 Broadway, Norwich with services throughout Eastern Connecticut
Reliance Health promotes an environment of personal expression and diversity of choice. Artistic activities provide opportunities to explore creative outlets and identify areas of strength and skill in adults with a mental health diagnosis and/or an intellectual disability. Programs utilize artistic activities (such as creating displays for First Friday Art Gallery or attending community based expressive arts programs) to compliment the strengths and desires of those being served.

The Light House
46 Plaza Court, Groton
The Light House serves the needs of individuals with intellectual, physical, and developmental disabilities. Divided into three “campuses,” the broad range of programming includes two state-approved private schools, residential and transitional services, and state contracted adult services. Art therapy is part of the curriculum at The Learning Campus (behavioral and developmental services for ages 7 to 21) and The Life Campus (serving the needs of individuals with autism). The FRIENDS group uses improv techniques to help teens with autism develop social skills. The Community Campus day service program hosts artists as part of activities to prepare adults for work and/or community involvement.

Writer’s Block Ink
12 Masonic Street, New London
The Writer’s Block mission is to arm young voices with the power of pen and prose, reinforcing teamwork, accountability, and responsibility; igniting social change on the page and stage.  Creative arts, arts education and youth advocacy programs include Afterschool Arts, In-school Theater and African Drumming and Dance for youth age 10 to 17.

The Cultural Connections directory listing for these and other Cultural Coalition Partners in the social and human services sector may be found HERE.  To become a FREE Partner of the Cultural Coalition, receive information about upcoming events or join topic roundtables, complete the form HERE.


Navigating the Media  April 3, 2017

A panel of experts from newspaper, radio, online social media, and public relations provided information on how to best navigate the media and take advantage of marketing opportunities.

Attendees heard about best practices, tips and tools for getting arts and cultural events and business information in print, on the airwaves, or on the internet.



This series is FREE and open to Partners and prospective Partners.

SUMMARIES from Rising Tide Series Summits:

Cultural Summit: The Business of Art
SUMMARY Cultural Summit Business of Art

Cultural Summit: Tourism and Coordinated Marketing
Summary Cultural Summit on Coordinated Marketing and Tourism

Cultural Summit: Grants
Summary- Cultural Summit on Grants

Cultural Summit: Tapping Into the Creative Economy
SUMMARY Cultural Summit Tapping Into Creative Economy

Cultural Summit: Cultural Facilities: The Impact of Investment
SUMMARY Cultural Summit Cultural Facilities The Impact of Investment

Cultural Summit:  Connected to the Curriculum
SUMMARY Cultural Summit Connecting to the Curriculum

Cultural Summit:  Inspiring Leadership
SUMMARY Cultural Summit Inspiring Leadership

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